Nanny Noggin’

At Family First we believe knowledge is power. We want to set both caregivers and parents up for success from the start and understand that it truly does “take a village.” Nanny Noggin is where you can find workshops, resources and support to help you in the ever changing world of childcare. At Family First, community is everything; So for 2021 we have partnered with Nanny Posse to bring you one virtual workshop a month! 

Play Based Learning 

Speaker: Tara Sygrave
Date: July 24th, 3-5pm EST
Cost: $25
Description: Nanny Posse and Family First are excited to bring you a workshop based on all things play! Acorrding to O. Fred Donaldson – “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” Our teams are all kids at heart and believe that play is one of the most important foundations of childhood. Don’t miss out on this incredible workshop full of fun.  You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is a play based learning curriculum?” In this workshop you will gain a better understanding of what play based learning is and Tara will help you learn how to implement this learning style into your home. You will need no additional tools or thoughtfully planned out curriculums to implement this style of learning into your lifestyle. So get ready and get excited for one playful adventure. In this workshop we will be talking about what exactly is a play based learning curriculum. Once you have a better understanding of what play based learning is Tara will help you learn how to implement this learning style in your home. You will need no additional tools or thoughtfully planned out curriculums to implement this style of learning in your home.

Working as an Overseas Nanny

Speaker: Jasmine Berry
Date: August 21 (2-5pm)
Cost: $25
Description: It’s about time we hear from one of our own! The owner of Nanny Posse will be sharing all about her expereicne as an Overseas Nanny and how you can follow in her footsteps. In this workshop we will cover how to take your career to the next level by working as an overseas nanny. Jasmine will touch on how to present yourself to agencies and families to make your resume stand out. As well she will cover how to prepare for life in your new home and how to acclimate once you arrive. Working as an overseas nanny not only allows you to grow professionally but allows for greater opportunity to find high net-worth positions. Join us as we unlock what it takes to become an overseas nanny.

Pediatric Nutrition

Date: September 25 (10-11:30am EST)
Cost: $25
Description: COMING SOON

Talking to Children About Race

Speaker: Corey
Date: October 28 (7-9pm EST)
Cost: $25
Description: In this workshop Nanny Posse and Family First Household Staffing Agency want to provide support to caregivers on what many find to be a difficult topic.  Together we will discuss how talking about race at any age is appropriate and naming the unnamed helps children understand their own racial identity and those of others.

Like other “hard” subjects, the time to talk about them is always, informally and regularly. We will discuss how consistent messages that reinforce and open doors for conversation help establish your relationship as a safe space for these conversations.

Corey will also offer tips for:

  • being a good friend to those of different racial backgrounds
  • how to diversify your child’s friend group and keep it diverse at middle school
  • curating media with attention

Working with Multiples

Speaker: Nicole Balak
Date: November 13 (10-12pm EST)
Cost: $25
Description: COMING SOON

Nicole Balak is a career nanny and nanny advocate who gained her start in childcare as a preschool teacher. Nicole made the jump from childcare centers in 2012.

Since her transition, she has utilized her experience working in large group settings combined with her life experience of being a twin herself to define her niche in serving twin families. Nicole practices intentional childcare and continues to take continuing education within the nanny community. She has exhibited her commitment to professional development by obtaining her postpartum doula certification and co-founding the Southern Louisiana Nanny Association.

Currently, Nicole serves two twin families on a part-time basis. She has balanced her role in these homes and supporting each family independently. She has also done this while overcoming the challenges of COVID-19 that have challenged so many nannies this past year.

Tummy Time Activities

Speaker: Dairian Roberts
Date: December 18 (10-11am EST)
Cost: $25
Description: One of the number one things we hear about at Family First Household Staffing Agency and Nanny Posse is how important it is for caregivers to understand appropriate and engaging developmental activities to the children in their care. We are so excited to bring a workshop to you about Tummy Time and other activities you can do with infants.

Did you know that tummy time changes? Tummy time at 4 weeks looks different at 4 months. It’s more than putting baby on their tummy and tracking minutes. Tummy time is the foundation of so many motor skills and should change as baby develops. This class covers practical tips and solutions to common problems while providing the foundation of practical expectations for babies. So if you’re convinced that babies hate tummy time, this class is for you!

Meet the Speaker

Dairian Roberts, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC

Dairian is an occupational therapist and lactation consultant specializing in infant feeding and development. She is passionate about community care and has partnered with pediatrician and midwifery offices to provide holistic care to underserved and underrepresented families. Dairian resides in the Greater Los Angeles area with her husband, preschooler, and one year old.